Newman fulfilled the childhood dream of so many who grew up in Indiana - winning at storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"It's a dream come true. It'll take a week or so for this to set in," said Newman, speaking to a reporter just after the race.
He ended a 49-race losing streak with Sunday's victory at the Brickyard, and he did it by beating Jimmie Johnson - again.
Newman knocked Johnson off the pole in qualifying then used a fast final pit stop Sunday to snatch the win from the four-time Indianapolis winner.
Newman and Johnson were the class of the field, but it was Johnson who dominated the race and appeared to be just a bit better. But Johnson pitted from the lead with 27 laps remaining and it was a slow final stop for the Hendrick Motorsports crew.
Newman pitted after that and took only two tires to move into the lead.